NGSS Gr3 Weather and Climate Unit

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This unit includes resources for providing scientific input about weather and climate, along with close readings, math activities, and science labs.

Resources for Input:

- Unit essential question

- Inquiry chart printable

- 6 observation chart photos

- Printable CCD and teacher samples

- The Important Thing About Weather and Climate Big Book (1 title page, 7 content pages, 6 pages of pictures)

- PPT version of the big book

- Super Scientist Awards

- 3 pictorial and/or comparative input charts to project and trace

  • Climates Around the World
  • Weather vs Climate
  • Hurricanes/Tornadoes

- 2 chants

- 3 different printable sentence pattern charts and teacher sample

- Climate Types Expert Groups (set of 5) with mind map graphic organizer and process grid

- Natural Hazard Expert Groups (set of 6) with mind map graphic organizer and process grid

- 3 writing prompts (narrative, informational, and opinion) and writing paper

Close Reading

- 4 informational texts organized into 3 close reading sets. Each set includes:

  • essential question
  • 3 printable question sets aligned to CCSS
  • 2 journal prompts

- These are available digitally as Google Slides presentations. Each leveled text, and its corresponding question sets and journal prompts are in their own presentation. That's 9 presentations total.


  • Meteorology
  • Tri-State Tornado/Galveston Hurricane (paired texts)
  • Seasons and the Earth

Please note that these are the same close readings as the ones in the Gr3 Weather and Climate Close Reading packet and the Gr3 NGSS Close Reading Bundle.

Math Activities

- 4 math activities (2 center-type activities and 2 sets of printables)

- Titles:

  • Massive Natural Disasters (mass word problem task cards)
  • Costliest Hurricane//Avalanche! (graphing printables)
  • Partly Sunny Properties of Multiplication (printables)
  • Rolling Out Rounding (dice activity)

Science Labs

- 3 science labs with teacher directions and printable recording sheets


  • Weather Conditions by Climate
  • The Water Cycle
  • Weather Hazard Solution Design Challenge


- brief unit overview with suggestions for pacing

- answer keys for the standards-based close reading questions, math activities, and 1 of the science activities

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Other NGSS Units

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
Represent data in tables and graphical displays to describe typical weather conditions expected during a particular season. Examples of data could include average temperature, precipitation, and wind direction. Assessment of graphical displays is limited to pictographs and bar graphs. Assessment does not include climate change.
Make a claim about the merit of a design solution that reduces the impacts of a weather-related hazard. Examples of design solutions to weather-related hazards could include barriers to prevent flooding, wind resistant roofs, and lighting rods.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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